AP Wants Out?

The Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson relationship seems to have come to a screeching halt.

Peterson had already expressed doubts about continuing to play in purple and gold, coming off a season lost because of the child abuse case which got him suspended for almost the entire NFL season. His camp is no longer trying to amend the situation with the team and wants the star runner on a new team or released. You hear that Arizona Cardinals?

Ben Dogra, Peterson’s agent, made it clear to reporters at NFL meetings in Arizona and then said it again in aPeterson phone interview with The Associated Press today.

“You make tough choices in life. We clearly understand he’s under contract with the Vikings. After several discussions and much thought, I believe that it’s not in his best interest to resume his career in Minnesota,” Dogra said. “It might be best for all parties involved for him to resume his career elsewhere.”


Vikings general manager Rick Spielman replied to the comments made by Peterson’s agent, saying he doesn’t plan on releasing the 2-time NFL rushing leader.

“Up to today, they have not given us one compelling reason why it’s in his best interest to remain as part of the Minnesota Vikings,” Dogra said.

Salary

The Vikings have the upper hand with Peterson’s big contract, which runs for 3 more years with a $12.75 million salary this season. None of the money remaining on the deal is guaranteed though.

Minnesota could easily chill the rest of the offseason and wait to see if Peterson changes his mind. After all, the team doesn’t have to pay players until the regular season begins in a few months. AP has a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract, but if he’s not interested in playing for the Vikings anymore, then it looks like he’s going to miss out on a quarter of a million dollars.

The Vikings wouldn’t get much if they traded the star player, considering his age and big salary. The runner recently turned 30 and many teams wouldn’t trade good picks or players for a guy who’s aging, especially a running back. To make matters worse, there’s a good class of running backs in this year’s draft.

Salary Cap Hit

Even with other star running backs like LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch getting new contracts, Peterson’s salary cap hit would be by far the most at his position, in a league where running seems to be losing importance and quarterbacks get the big bucks.

Peterson has not officially been reinstated by the National Football League, which suspended him after hearing what he did to his son. Now that the case was resolved in court with a plea bargain, it’s only a matter of time before the league brings him back in.

Things look like they will get ugly between both sides, but don’t be surprised if you see him playing for the Arizona Cardinals or maybe even the Cowboys. What will the team do? Will Peterson play for the Vikings next season?


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